Who lived in Mornington Road, 1900 – 1938?

All the information ascribed to newspapers has come from British Newspaper Archive.

On 1 January 1939 the Road had its name changed to Grove, Mornington Grove. This list is of residents who lived in Mornington Road from 1900 till that day.


No. 9 Mornington Road

1928 Barnett, Verby died age 70 on 17th May (Iyar 27th).  He had been working for the “Jewish Express”.  [Jewish Chronicle May 1928]

No. 10 Mornington Road

1904 Butt-Thompson Rev. F. W. Baptist pastor. Author of Bow Men and their Church, published in Baptist Quarterly in 1932.  A report 8 September 1904 London Daily News as follows: MISUNDERSTANDING AT BOW: The Rev. F. W. Butt-Thompson, pastor of Bow Baptist Church and secretary of the Bow and Bromley P. R. League, writes from No 10 Mornington-road, Bow: “It is a strange thing that after the letters that have appeared in your columns some folk in Poplar are still awaiting a ‘full explanation’ in the matter of the education portion of the rate.  May I just say that although the demand note omits the education item (or at least prints it as “expenses of the L.C.C. for education purposes – nil”), yet we recognise that Poplar must be sharing that £10,000 a week expenditure by the new educational authority?  Consequently a few of us entered our protest last quarter, and then allowed ourselves to be misled at the last moment.  I trust that all P. R..’s in the Borough of Poplar will now send me in their names and addresses, and we will meet an act in concert another quarter.”  [The P. R. League was The Primrose League, a right-wing organisation pledged to the support of Toryism, founded in 1883, finally wound up in 2004]

1916 M.D. In The Ear, 5 April 1916, someone with the initials M.D. at this address placed a small ad: ‘Wanted. Experienced Drummer, with Effects, for London district (one house nightly). Write, stating terms, &c.,’

No. 11 Mornington Road

1920 Tirkman, Isaac, manufacturer and traveller. This from Portsmouth Evening News – Friday 02 January 1920: HAD BEEN DRINKING HEAVILY: Midnight Visitor’s Request for Pudding. A short elderly man, named George Wells, was committed for trial at the Old Bailey on a charge of breaking and entering 11, Mornington-road, Bow, in the occupation of Mr. Isaac Tirkman, a manufacturer and traveller, with intent to steal.  The prosecutor stated that in the early hours of Christmas Day, whilst he was in bed, he heard noises in the kitchen.  Going to the top of the stairs he saw a light and the shadow of a man.  He aroused his brother who went to the police station and returned with two constables who went to the kitchen and found prisoner standing near the table.  Asked what he wanted he said, “Have you got any Christmas pudding.”  It was then found that a large pane of glass had been removed bodily from the kitchen window and that apparently the prisoner had secured admission in this way.  Nothing, with the exception of a little wine, which prisoner had drunk, was missing. Asked by the magistrate what he had to say in answer to the charge, Wells said, “It’s no doubt true what he says. I had been drinking heavily all day.”

No.13 Mornington Road

1901 Morton, Hugh & family. In 1901, the draper’s business (specialising in Linen) and Morton family home was at 13, Mornington Road, Bromley Bow. Only 3 children, Alexander aged 21; Grace aged 13 and Hugh aged 12 were still living at home. There was also another draper’s shop belonging to the family at 187, Bow Road. In 1903, Hugh aged 13 became a scholar at Coopers’ Company and Coborn School (founded in 1536) in Tredegar Square, Mile End London. Hugh joined the school’s Army Cadet Corps and was a member until he left the school in 1908. Hugh Morton senior died on the 19th July 1906 aged 62 when young Hugh was just 16 years old. Probate was granted to his widow Jessie Morton, his eldest son John Morton, also a draper and James Robert Morton M.B., his second eldest son. Hugh Morton senior left effects to his family which amounted to the sum of £5723 -7s-6d. – From an interesting illustrated article about Hugh Morton, with much content about drapers in East London.

No. 14 Mornington Road

1903 – Wood, Rev. Arthur, places a small ad in London Evening Standard 18, 19 December 1903: “Poplar and Bow Mission – Funds are urgently needed for the respectable poor, who are without employment at this season, also to provide a Christmas Breakfast for Destitute Children. – Rev. Arthur Wood, B.A., 14 Mornington-road, Bow, E.”

No. 15 Mornington Road

1905 – Someone at this address advertises in the London Daily News, 6 May, “Bow – Board-residence.  Suit two gentlemen.  Close to three stations. Terms moderate. – 15, Mornington-road.”

1919 Morrison, Mrs – put an ad. in Bury Free Press, 28 June 1919: “Wanted, for Buckhurst Hill, London, House-Parlourmaid and good Cook-general: five in family; good outing; wage £30; two maids and nurse kept; comfortable home for nice, respectable girl. – Reply, Mrs. Morrison, 15, Mornington Road, Bow. E.3.”

No.17 Mornington Road

Douglass, Theresa Elizabeth, spinster, died 6th November 1930.  Effects £250. [probate search service]

No. 18 Mornington Road

1926 Lever, Harvey Walter was had up for dangerous driving, reported as follows in the Whitstable Times and Herne Bay Herald, 28 August 1926:  RAID ON MOTORISTS: Harvey Walter Lever, of 18 Mornington Road, Bow, E., was summoned for driving a motor car in a manner dangerous to the public at Preston on the 8th inst.  Sergeant Jenner stated that at 12.30 p.m. on the date in question he was on the London Road near Preston village when he saw defendant driving a motor car in the direction of Canterbury.  There was a stream of motor cars coming in the same direction and there were also a lot of pedestrians about.  Defendant drew his car out over the white line and accelerated to quite 30 miles an hour.  He passed five or six other vehicles before he got back into the line of traffic.  Witness stopped him and drew his attention to the notice boards each side of the village warning motorists as to the danger of exceeding eight miles an hour, and also the object of the while line. He replied that his brakes either would not act or slipped.  Witness told him he should report him.  If anything had come out of Mill Lane or Salters Road defendant could not have avoided a collision. Defendant wrote a long letter to the Bench, but it was not read in public. The Bench imposed a fine of £4 including 2s. 6d. for a private witness.  The Mayor remarked that they were pleased the Sergeant had brought the case forward.

No. 22 Mornington Road

1936 Brightwell – put a small ad. in Essex Newsman, 26 September 1936:  “Wanted, weekly, Rabbits, Poultry, Game, Potatoes. Brightwell, 22 Mornington Road. Bow, E.C.3”

No. 23 Mornington Road

1916 Bradley, Richard. A letter sympathetic to the Irish Rebellion in the Pall Mall Gazette, May 15 1916